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Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Gris 2009

Long even ripening period, this is the lowest yield ever of the Pinot Gris. Generally clean fruit and hand picked for extra control. Suggest cellar 2011-2013.

Estate-grown in the Odyssey vineyard, in the Brancott Valley, the 2009 vintage was hand-picked, tank-fermented and then matured on its yeast lees, with no stirring, in old French oak casks. It’s a distinctive style, full-bodied, with ripe stonefruit and spice flavours, gently seasoned with biscuity oak, fresh acidity, good complexity and a dry (3.8 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Worth cellaring.
Michael Cooper, 4 stars.

full-bodied, with ripe stonefruit & spice flavours.

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Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Gris 2008

A very warm vintage and higher alcohols and lower acids suggesting sugar but in fact the wine is dry. Drinking 2011-2012.

Quite sweet Pinot Gris with strong pear/tree fruit flavours plus a suggestion of oak and bready yeast lees characters. An interesting mix of fruit and savoury flavours adds extra appeal to this succulent wine.
Bob Campbell, 85/100.

STRONG PEAR/TREE FLAVOURS + A SUGGESTION OF OAK.

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Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2004

This was the first commercial vintage from the Odyssey Marlborough vineyard. Low yields and young vines, excellent health and no disease pressure. Drinking beautifully now 2011-2013, longer in bigger formats.

Remarkably dense, full flavoured Pinot. Powerful with strong plum, blackcurrant and spicy oak flavours.
100 Top New Releases Gourmet Traveller Wine, Bob Campbell, 88/100.

Powerful with strong plum, blackcurrant & spicy oak flavours.

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Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2005

A great vintage with even ripening and no disease pressure. Low yields and all clones performed well and used. Suggest 2011-2014. Longer in the larger formats.

The 2005 Pinot Noir has a brilliant dark purple ruby colour with spicy,attractive aromatic notes laden with ripe dark fruits, clove and violets. On the attack it offers lush dark cherries and has medium weight concentration with spicy tea notes. It also displays long,soft,velvety tannins and an extended finish. Fantastic.
Mike Potashnik, Ph.D International Wine Review USA, 92/100.

spicy, attractive aromatic notes laden with ripe dark fruits, clove & violets.

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Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2007

Slightly higher crops levels in 2007 and challenge with some weather compromising fruit quality. Suggest lighter style drinking well 2011-2013.

Reasonably dense sweet plum, liquorice, anise and spicy oak flavours with a rich, smooth texture. A savoury and slightly rustic style.
Bob Campbell, 85/100.

dense sweet plum, liquorice, anise & spicy oak flavours.

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Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008

A very warm vintage with a quick ripening and development of fruit flavours. The tannins are big requiring time to soften and evolve. Patience rewarded and the wine is developing lovely fruit expression and complexities. Drinking 2011- 2015.

This single-vineyard red is estate-grown and hand-picked in the Brancott Valley and matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new in 2008.) The 2008 vintage is deeply coloured, with a floral, spicy bouquet. Mouthfilling, with sweet-fruit characters and generous cherry/spice flavours, it is still fresh and youthful, with firm tannins, and likely to be long-lived.
Michael Cooper, 4 stars.

deeply coloured, with a floral, spicy bouquet & sweet-fruit characters.

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Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

A very even extended ripeneing period in contrast to 2008. Makes following single vineyard wines so interesting. Same block, same winemaking the wine has uplifted floral tones, very feminine with Burgundian characters developing. Drinking 2011- 2016.

The best vintage yet of this label. The bouquet is highly scented; the palate concentrated, sweet-fruited and savoury, with rich, vibrant plum and spice flavours, seasoned with oak, a hint of herbs, and good tannin support. Complex style, for drinking now or cellaring.
Michael Cooper, 4.5 stars.

rich, vibrant plum & spice flavours, seasoned with oak & a hint of herbs.

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Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay 2006

There is a remarkable consistency in the quality of the fruit from this vineyard no matter what the weather throws at us. 2006 some disease pressure but handpicked and selected. Drink 2011-2012.

Top vintages represent Gisborne Chardonnay at its finest. Grown in the Kawatiri Vineyard at Hexton and fermented and lees-aged in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), the 2006 is fleshy with rich citrus, tropical fruit and toasty oak flavours, showing excellent texture and concentration. A powerful wine, it’s also elegant and tightly structured.
Michael Cooper, 4 stars.

fleshy with rich citrus, tropical fruit & toasty oak flavours.

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Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay 2008

A warm vintage with no problem reaching the desired flavours and analysis. Lovely ripe fruit falvours full and luscious. Drinking 2011-2012.

“Top vintages represent Gisborne Chardonnay at its finest. Hand-picked in the Kawatiri Vineyard at Hexton and fermented and lees-aged in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), the 2008 is a generous, full-bodied wine with ripe, concentrated, peachy flavours, fresh acidity and balanced toasty oak. It shows good complexity, drink now onwards.”
Michael Cooper, 4 stars.

ripe, peachy flavours, fresh acidity & balanced toasty oak.

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Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay 2009

Overall a good summer with plenty of flavours amassed in the grapes. Drinking 2011-2013.

Fleshy, rich, ripe and well-rounded wine, hand-picked from ‘old’ vines in the Kawatiri Vineyard and fully barrel-fermented. Highly fragrant, slightly toasty bouquet, leading into a peachy, sweet-fruited palate in the classic regional style. Shows excellent concentration and complexity.
Michael Cooper, 4.5 stars.

Highly fragrant, slightly toasty bouquet, leading into a peachy, sweet-fruited palate.

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2010 Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay

A great vintage with even ripening and development of fruit flavours, plenty of flavour in the grapes. Drink 2011-2016.

Michael Cooper has classified the Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay as an Icon Wine, in his book ‘Classic Wines of New Zealand’ saying, From one vintage to the next, Rebecca Salmond makes one of Gisborne’s classiest wines. The 2010 is hand-picked from mature vines in the Kawatiri Vineyard at Hexton and fermented and aged in French oak barriques (30% new), this wine has a creamy, toasty bouquet. Very elegant, youthful and harmonious, it has concentrated stone fruit, grapefruit and slight spice flavours, finely integrated oak and a long, poised finish.
Michael Cooper, 5 stars.

concentrated stone fruit, grapefruit & slight spice flavours.

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Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay 2009

$28 —
Elegant, concentrated wine full and vibrant, with ripe peach, melon and fig flavours and well integrated nutty oak. Beautifully balanced wine still unfolding. Shows excellent concentration and complexity. Classic regional style.

RIPE PEACH, MELON & FIG FLAVOURS & WELL INTEGRATED NUTTY OAK.